"…I want to know"
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache
for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk
looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if
you have touched the center of your own sorrow, and if you have been opened by
life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to
hide or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, and if you can dance
with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the
limitations of being a human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you're telling me is true. I want to know
if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself, and if you can bear the
accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithful and trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see the beauty even when it is not pretty every
day, and if you can source your life from its presence.
I want to know if your can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand
on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon "Yes".
It doesn't interest me to know where you live, or how
much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief
and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the
It doesn't interest me who you are, or how you came to be here. I want to
know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me with whom you have studied. I want to know what
sustains you from the inside when all else fails away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the
company you keep in the empty moments.